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Poison, Lita Ford and Def Leppard

Target Audience: This one is for people who think that the rock peaked in 1988. That's when Lita Ford released her breakthrough hit "Kiss Me Deadly," Poison dropped "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" and Def Leppard were touring the world behind Hysteria. Nobody had any clue that a handful of guys from Seattle were about to come and ruin all the fun.

Missing Members: Poison is one of the few hair metal bands to still have all their original members. Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark died in 1991, but all four other originals remain. Lita Ford is, of course, still Lita fuckin' Ford. She doesn't need anybody else to be awesome. This line-up is missing Extreme though. Gary Cherone recently told us they were dropped from the tour. Then there were rumors that Joan Jett was going to be on the bill, but it turned out to be Ford, her former Runaways bandmate.

Likely Highlight: Haven't we all heard "Pour Some Sugar On Me" enough at this point? "Rock of Ages," "Talk Dirty To Me," "Photograph" and "Unskinny Bop" will certainly kill, but so will "Kiss Me Deadly." Who can hate on a song that begins with these lines: "I went to a party last Saturday night/I didn't get laid, I got in a fight."  

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